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even if you're angry and kind of drunk this holiday season. "the independents" at foxbusiness.com for matt welch and kmele foster. i'm kennedy wishing you the most glorious season. you're the reason we're here. good night. evening, everybody. president obama conducting his annual year end news conference today and not surprisingly he declared this year to be one of his best. president obama began his press conference by acknowledgeing that north korea was behind the massive breach of sony's system.
>> sony's a corporation. you know it suffered significant damage. there were threats against some employees. i'm sympathetic to the concerns that they've faced. having said all that, yes, i think they made a mistake. i wish they had spoken to me first. i would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks. >> i have to give the president credit first. he's never given a more direct answer to any question, but he displayed no perceptible sign of the irony of his response to sony's response.
it was mr. obama's white house that then asked google to remove the mohammed video from google's youtube service. the president went on to promise a quote, proportional response to north korea. just minutes after the press conference reports surfaced that the president is considering retaliation. he's actually thinking about put putting north korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. a designation that has not stopped the ieotola. when asked about the long-term effect of his unilateral action the president had nothing concrete to say.
>> i think it would be beyond realistic to map out exactly where cuba will be, but change is going to come to cuba. it has to. >> the president also asked about working with the republican congress next year. mr. obama had one suggestion for the republican leadership. he thinks it would be democratic and progressive and in harmony if he passes the bills he tells them he's willing to sign. >> if executive actions on areas like minimum wage or equal pay or having a more sensible immigration system are important to republicans and they care about those issues and the executive actions are bothering them there's a very simple solution and that is pass bills and work with me to make sure i'm willing to sign those bills.
>> and now president obama off to hawaii for seven days of vacation with his family. joining us the former arkansas governor, presidential candidate, and host of "huckabee," mike huckabee. >> thank you, lou. merry christmas to you. obama is gone for seven days. we won't have to hear anymore more of this stuff. >> did he not look like the dourest figure? >> he did, but it was a disappointing press conference for this reason. here's a president who could have called sony but instead he said, why didn't they call me. we don't let tinfoil hat people in north korea tell us what
movies we can watch for gosh sake. they did something wrong. i wish they would have talked to me first. >> and within it all, he rationalizes his own passivity and the appearance of indifference to the outcome of a important national security issue and then says his response will be to consider maybe putting them on a state sponsored terrorism list which they were taken off by president george w. bush. >> do whatever i want to do. that's what the world's dictators are doing. the complete un the loon as we might want to call him. >> this is the exact parallel. he sits there and criticizes and
admonishes sony for not releasing the movie when it was his part in 2012 in which he played the part of sony. he actually asked google not to put that video up on youtube, one of their properties. i mean he was rolling over for a tin pot iotola. >> i think it's very significant that on one hand our government was trying to censor a video because it might offend somebody, and now we're offended that somebody else has produced a video that might offend the north koreans. when is the responsibility of the artistic community to not offend people? i get offended all the time as a conservative and as a christian, but i don't go around thinking we have to censor the material. i would rather live in a free nation and get my feelings hurt
now and then than to eat lawn clippings like they do in north korea. >> the president can choose to living in obama land. "the washington post," they are doing something -- i'm still not comfortable with it. they're criticizing this president. they are criticizing him talking about cuba. they are absolutely hammering him on his sudden unilateral action to try to open up cuba. what do you make of it? >> this is a president who thinks he's singularly more intelligent than the previous ten presidents combined.
cuba has been brutally oppressive to their people. they have taken over property of individuals who had to flee to america. these are people who understand, appreciate value, and cherish freedom. i think it is a slap in their face to say, let bygones be bygones. >> he is very self-aware -- well, self-involved. he was willing to look out upon the nation and all of us lowly citizens to say our culture is racist and that it is ingrained in us. it is his utter insensibility to
his role as president. he doesn't even expose an ounce one iota of gratitude, that he's the product of this society he's denigrating. it's astonishing. >> al sharpton, the official white house spokesman, he's going to take care of everything from cuba to sony to issues with the police forces across america. and the best thing for al he doesn't have to pay his taxes. i guess he feels like he's off the hook because he's doing so much for the country that we should be grateful and forgive those tax consequences that the rest of us poor lackeys have to pay into. >> merry christmas and thanks for that wonderful present this christmas season. >> thank you very much. joining us now, a former
u.s. ambassador to the united nations, bill richardson. great to have you with us. we appreciate you being up so late. let's start with your thoughts about the unilateral efforts by this president to normalize relations with cuba. >> well lou, i think it makes sense. this policy of the trade embargo, cold war relic just wasn't working. i believe the president made the correct decision. i believe that he's gotten something in return besides alan gross. i think having diplomatic relations will enable us to talk to the cubans about a bunch of issues where they need to make some improvements like human rights democracy, freedom of the press, internet freedom.
but the policy just wasn't working, lou, and i think the president was thinking of his legacy too. but before anything happened you had to get the release of alan gross. i tried to get him out four years ago. the cubans wanted the five spies they had in u.s. prisons and the u.s. wasn't ready to do that so this time i believe it's a proportional and a good deal. >> and a lot of critics of this deal, as you know, ambassador they're saying we simply did not get enough that the president is a poor negotiator but i think whatever estimation you have, he has changed the dialogue instantly with unilateral action. i personally am more disturbed by his unilateralism. his continued and gaining momentum unilateralism as an
autocrat in the highest office in our land. are you disturbed by that unilateralism? >> well lou, i think the president is looking at his legacy. he has got two years to go. he figures that an immigration reform deal doesn't look very good. talk about continued shutdowns in government. hopefully there's a trade deal a fair trade and free trade deal with asia and possible europe. i think he's looking for ways through executive action where he has more freedom. he's taking these steps. look, i personally would like to see more contact with the congress but the reality is on this cuba issue the president is not going to be able to do much on the trade embargo because the congress controls the decisions on the trade embargo by a decision made years ago the
helms burton act which basically said after the downing of those planes by fidel castro. >> right. >> that the executive branch could not make these unilateral decisions and president clinton signed the law. you know, the congress those that are very concerned about this normalization are getting something, too, but keeping the trade embargo in their own hands. >> i want to turn to north korea, a country that you understand perhaps better than any other american and played an important historical role in the release of hostages and preserving what little relationship there is between the two countries. it is now the judgment of the federal government, the u.s. government that north korea is the guilty party in attacking sony carrying cyberattacks against this country. is a military response
appropriate, and how should we respond, if not? >> well there should be a proportional response. i keep coming back to that word. what they did was very serious, which you don't want to happen, a cyberattack on the u.s. government or the pentagon. sanctions will be on the table. some kind of biting sanctions like banking sanctions, derivative sanctions, because we have sanctions across the board, but there has to be a response. now i frankly, lou, was surprised that north korea had that capability. i was there with the chairman of google two years ago, and they barely seemed to understand the internet. they barely seemed to have
viable computer force but they sure fooled everybody. if they are the conclusive perpetrator, then there has to be a response. >> governor, we thank you very much for being with us. ambassador, i could go through your list of titles bill richardson, for minutes here. i'll just say ambassador richardson thanks for being with us again. >> it's good to be on your show. new york city mayor bill de blasio escalating his war against the country's largest and most diverse police when heartburn comes creeping up on you... fight back with lief so smooth... .it's fast. tums smoothies starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue ...and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. tum, tum tum tum...♪ smoothies! only from tums.
. lou: president obama cleaning today black america is better off since he has been in office but issues persist because of our troubled racial past with the president's view. >> like the rest of america presidents -- it is better now than when they came into the office. of a gap between and come and wealth of white and black america persists. and we have more work to do on that front. i have been consistent in saying that this is a legacy
of a troubled racial past of jim crow and slavery. lou: our next guest says pointed to jim-crow as an excuse that divides the races rather than answers the questions. reverend peterson founder of the brotherhood organization joins us tonight. it is great to have you with us. and lotus the president than is he reiterated that statement he labored mightily over a simple thought that it seemed he is blaming everything on jim-crow and the 150 year-ago slavery. >> one and merry christmas. i write a weekly column and
when the ferguson situation happened and barack obama and sent three representatives to michael brown's funeral, i wrote this article. of the headline is the black leadership is committing black on black crime. the point i wanted to make is we see the black on black crime happening on the street in the urban areas where young black people killing each other but what is not recognized is the black, black crime that is committed by the black leadership. for years black americans have been told the white man has a problem and white officers hate them because of their color. what obama is doing right now is a perfect example of that. black on black, first of all, the income level in the black community has gone down and has not gone up.
it may be even that only because the bombing has made it difficult to make real money and nothing to do with racism. but the reason they keep pushing racism is because they want to keep the black people angry. when you keep the blacks angry and help -- hating their fellow man because there slowed -- sold to die to kill their spirit to separate them from god. so they can use black americans to redistribute the wealth. that is what barack obama is up to. that is what the black leadership is up to. it is sad and pathetic to see our president of united states of america, the greatest country in the world rather than uniting the racists -- the races i
ashamed of barack obama. lou: a man that suddenly decides to take on the entire nation to say you are a bunch of racists. and i would not be as caught by surprise if he had any sense of balance or fairness or reference to fact but he never does. but i don't understand this initiative to attack law-enforcement agencies and police officers and to call out the country for racism that he knows is not ubiquitous, not pervasive and in fact, is extraordinarily rare in our society. i think he is waging a campaign of ignorance. i truly do. >> he knows exactly what he is doing.
i grew up in alabama under the jim-crow laws. and black americans did not have the type of hatred and destruction of the family that they have today. read barack obama ran in 2008, i tried to warn americans not to vote for this man. i said he is no different than and jeremiah rights, always farrakhan farrakhan, naacp and reverend sharpton but he is worse because he is not honest man. and attacking police departments because he wants to destroy the authority of a policeman and that they have. the head of the cia, military, so he can change the format of what is going on. to bring other liberal
blacks to replace the department's with those people and he knows exactly what he is doing he is not down at all to destroy america as we know it. lou: i'm sorry. go-ahead? >> michael brown was a the he committed a crime he decided he was ready to die and rather than repudiate that through black americans they blame the copper and that is evil and absolutely wrong. lou: reverend peter said good to have you with us. come back soon. up next the president's contrast to the bush bashing campaign. remember those and though liddy of promises to reduce the imperial presidency to something more appropriate, more american, a more
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a n lou: now your comments on what has been a profound shift of the president's use of executive power. by any measures to this point has been a failure as president. he likes the power of communication and persuasion and the capacity and temperament to build a national consensus on any issue. he energetically attacked president bush as unilateral list as obama always plays the part of a wise multilateralism. he actually declared he would not abuse his power like president bush. >> we have seen the unacceptable abuse of power at home. anyone that needs that latitude we paid a heavy price whose party is expanding his own power.
the constitution is treated like a nuisance. lou: he could hardly describe himself of narcissist this - - repudiated president now putting his vengeance unleashed a president who's unilateralism is far beyond even imagined by previous presidents. no one is able to keep him in check. to a climate deal with china and reverse more than half a century posture by the united states to war to communist cuba with blatant disregard to the constitution of the congress and the laws of our national traditions. now lashing out at the american people who elected and reelected him who now he accuses of harboring deeply rooted racism and bias. his is a sad performance ahead of the curtain coming down on his time as president.
there is much was outraged then was it might have recently been expected to think so little clothes he was elected to serve. perhaps we now expect so very little of him. now the liquidation of the evening from general george patton. boards may be fought with weapons but one by men in the spirit and the men that leads gave the victory. we will be right back. >> the fbi announces restrict carried out the cyberattacks against saudi. for the president says sony made the mistake. we take up his position next. mistake. we take up the president's
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korea is there no clarity how the united states will respond? >> first abolish it is the serious comment and people were surprised that they did not realize that north korea has an extensive cyberwarfare capability. of those organizations have thousands of cyberwarriors and they have engaged in cyberattacks previously with agencies and private companies. it is a very real threat. lou: not model is almost a proximate to the people's liberation army of china and some are saying that it was a coordinated cyberattack with china. >> it might be but restrict is capable to do such operations by itself.
has been linked to previous cyberattacks with 5,000 or perhaps 10,000 of these people in these units in security services so maybe in conjunction with china but it could be done by north korea itself. lou: to your point talking to a ambassador bill richardson knowing as much as any politician in this country in my opinion he was surprised they extended the capability of cyberwarfare. it is impressive it is also disturbing that our officials have no real strategy to respond to this attack. >> exactly. as part of a pattern with a bomb i am concerned we will see a firm resolve their
rhetoric pledging to do something proportional and strong to north korea then not carry through with actions. we have seen that with the action -- sanctions is not the most heavily sanctioned in the world the u.s. has done a number of things to iran and even in zimbabwe that we have not imposed on north korea. and they all did stronger sanctions against iran and north korea even though it said the nuclear program is for military purposes. lou: rigo in the 1990's was the covert special operations forces specifically to attack our nuclear facility. with that capability to sustain that capability is
that influencing policy to north korea is in your judgment? >> it is far more likely they will do some attack in the south. and in that sense. lou: table leg of felt was a mistake as well as the of movie companies that hold others related to north korea. obviously we have to be vigilant against their attacks but i think it was an overreaction from sony. lou: and it seems to me it is a parallel to obamacare is white house to beg google to take down the of muslim video on you to -- youtube from 2012 but of course, that was a national policy because the president was asking.
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homeland security secretary jay johnson claimed that the president does have the authority to carry out his amnesty plan. >> in my judgment we have the legal authority to fix our broken immigration system in a variety of ways including deferred action. >> well, that despite a federal judge's ruling this week that finds mr. obama's policy exceeds the scope of executive authority. great to have you here. >> thanks for having me lou. >> so here we are. a president has signed -- well i guess he didn't sign. he has sent out a memorandum making amnesty de facto to 5 million illegal immigrants.
we're looking at a backlog of legal immigrants of 7 million people at cis. this isn't something he's going to be able to do i would say for sometime to come. >> the department of homeland security has been working down to whittle down that backlog. u.s. citizenship and immigration services are going to have to staff up. it is going to be an organizational challenge but at the end of the day, it is a lot better to bring those dollars into the system and make taxpayers out of those people. >> i'm not getting into the practicality of it or the impact. it is another government agency that has overwhelmed with what it has. add 5 million illegal immigrants and i don't think the republicans are going to be as concerned as a lot of people
might think they are. what are the republicans going to do with the new congress and the new senate? your thoughts? >> they can pass legislation that is conservative and pragmatic that secures our borders borders, that moves our economy forward, that republicans get credit for. middle class americans are frankly getting screwed because that unscrupulous employer is exploding the undocumented immigrant and every worker alongside them. this is a great opportunity for republicans to take credit for fixing the system. >> i wondered if they'll be persuaded by you, but i give you credit for trying. this is not just amnesty for illegal immigrants. this is amnesty for all those employers who have broken the law by hiring illegal immigrants. >> status quo is actually amnesty, so let's fix the status
quo. let's change the status quo. that's the opportunity the republicans have. >> mark at the end of the day, voters, whether they're republicans or democrats, want something to get done. >> the republicans in the house will tell you they have done it. they have moved four bills to the judiciary committee. activists on the left call it piecemeal. but they need to provide a pathway to legalization and citizenship. why won't the leadership of the republican party take that up? >> that's what john bader can do
in 2015. he'll have a larger majority to work with in the house, so let's get those four bills moving again in february and january. there's no reason they can't do it other than their own decisions. >> it's going to be interesting to see how it plays out. and i'm sure that you have persuaded them to make an effort. >> i'm sure. >> thanks for being with us. >> thank you. speaking of speaker boehner, he's slamming the president's executive action on amnesty for illegal immigrants this time in the form of a holiday poem. >> reform is needed from home in ohio to here in capitol hill, but not by executive order, but instead by bill. the american people have spoken. they expect real solutions. more freedom and less washington as defined by the constitution. for now we celebrate god's gift to us, so happy christmas to all
and to all a good night. >> what did you think of that? >> i think speaker boehner should hold onto to his job and not be a poet. >> it is all in the spirit of christmas. >> absolutely. >> thank you so much for being us. up next, the government officially declaring north korea responsible for the massive sony cyberattack but giving no if you suffer from a dry mouth then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? well, there is biotene specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants... biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth.
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lou: joining us now former white house political director and republican strategist and i have to tell you the first time on television together in of the first time in the same studios big might --. >> we might actually a whole the and. [laughter] lou: good to see you. let's start with a press conference did you come away inspired and reassured of the policy direction of america? spee vicki started strong defending his record with u.s. leadership internationally but then when he went after sony to say they said the mistake that derailed the whole press conference because
that afterwards this ceo of sony said i call the white house i have been talking to them working with the fbi so i can assure you never people scuffling saying nobody told the president or nobody knew we had conversations with sony? so he seemed way too relaxed hebes to have more press conferences he sounded a little rusty. >> he kept talking and talking and filibustering industry she did not want to give an answer. [laughter] lou: he have missed a few that is his motive is operandi. bundle of that is is the intention that that is his way.
spee mickey did a tactic where he only called on women reporters. lou: as he addresses mercedes. >> why would he call on people and ask the tough questions? here he is wanting to open up and normalize relations with cuba at the same time considering putting number three on the terrorism list his board policy makes no sense. lou: our his ultimate hypocrisy to not even be self aware for narcissist not to be cell where is strange. >> but if the idea of 2012 he was asking google not to show the video on the youtube and results are similar.
>> what is so unfortunate is of mixed messages how to deal with dictators of a deal with castro with the relationship of these to keep communistic in cuba but at the same time we don't know how to respond to the north korea's dictator. but the issue that has not been dealt with in six years of cybersecurity. >> clinton was soft on islamic terrorist and it led to 9/11 and obama is soft use cyberterrorism if it can happen to sony it can happen to anyone. >> we're talking 1 million cyberattacks talking expert after expert, the military military, this is a condition but the new head
of the nsa michael rogers saying to everyone, this is a dire national security and no one pays attention. >> even bipartisan legislation with harry reid that never went through. now it is a bigger issue. >> gets to the president he has got to learn to work with congress. things have to get through. he called bush a unilateralist but he was to do that in domestic policy but that is a respectful of the constitution we have to get stuff fast. >> on foreign policy as well. the only way he wants to function. >> thanks to both of you for being relevant. >> you want to come to dinner? [laughter]
the president's reason for ending more than half peasantry of embargoing cuba saying it is the right thing to do. >> today we are making these changes because it is the right thing to do. today america chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past. lou: he thought passing health care reform was the right thing to do. >> for the country. >> ultimately the right thing to do. >> it is the right thing to do for our economy. >> it is the right thing to do. >>. lou: amnesty is the right thing to do a and used that line on every topic from the economy to education into your taxes and a lot more. he used the line 18 times and 2010 in one speech but how could so much go so
wrong of the press and actually understood the right thing to do? edits it for us tonight take you for being with us. good night from new york. tonight on "cavuto," forget businesses not anyone to start up will more just close up? john ratsenberger says not only is it harder for companies to launch today, it's even harder to stay open today. why he says the job market is getting rocked. rocker w. k. the guy famous on partying hard. why it is so hard for political parties to simply get along. later, champs of twitter. how the financial factor is teaming up with the former wwe world champ john sena. the champ i